it pays to have connections. today I had the pleasure of touring two of the most fabulous suites in the city of New York, the Hudson Studio and the Liberty Suite at the Standard Hotel. when Francesca and Selim visit New York, they stay at the Standard in the Liberty Suite.
gentle readers, the bed is round.
Francesca would approve of the photography books; Selim would approve of the Patron.
succulents, fruit, and a view.
the bathtub looks downtown toward One World Trade and the Statue of Liberty.
doing some character work, which includes the fun task of interviewing Paolo Romaldo. imagine my glee when I discovered this gem of a video on youtube:
ha ha, Dani Osvaldo talking about his tattoos and his favorite music. apparently he is planning to have all the characters from Pink Floyd’s The Wall tattooed on his left arm.
so here is an excerpt from my interview with Paolo, a work in progress. PR = Paolo Romaldo, I = Interviewer.
I: You’re quite involved with youth football charities, both here in Torino and in your home city of Napoli. Can you tell us why that’s so important to you?
PR: I started playing football when I was quite young—three years old, I think. I had a modest upbringing, and only because of the funding of the youth leagues was I able to get the start that I needed. I’ve never forgotten that. Particularly now, with the economy the way it is in Italy, giving children the opportunity to learn to play at a young age in a safe environment is one way I can give back.
I: That’s a lovely sentiment.
PR: Well, we’re trying to make it more than just sentimental. Ideally, it will change the lives of these children and also improve the caliber of football in Italy by growing talent at a young age.
I: Do you want to have children yourself?
PR: Of course I want children! I’ve always imagined a big family, three or four kids at least, coming home for dinner every night and seeing them lined up down the dinner table. I love kids. But I can wait a little longer, I want the situation to be right, obviously. I wouldn’t want to have four kids with four different women.
I: [coughs] It seems you and Francesca are on the right track, though.
PR: Of course, yes, I hope so.
I: What’s one thing our readers will be surprised to learn about you?
PR: Surprised to learn about me? That I love the opera. I have season tickets to La Scala.
I: I’d seen photos of you and Francesca at opening night, but I had assumed that was her doing and not yours.
PR: No, no, it was the other way around. I’ve loved the opera since I was a kid.
I: That is very surprising. If you weren’t a football player, what would you be?
PR: I don’t know. I’d never considered anything else. This is what I was meant to be. If it all changes tomorrow, I don’t know, a racecar driver.